Moving its home meet from last Thursday to Tuesday, Oct. 8 due to course conditions didn’t do Perry cross country any favors against the field of 10 schools at the Leon Fox Invitational. On a sunny fall day, the Bluejays clocked in at 10th place and the Jayettes in slot eight.
It was stiff competition all around, taking on the likes of four Ballard girls and a Creston runner in the top five, all of which are ranked in the top 25 in the state. They all crossed through with sub-21 minute times, leaving Perry star sophomore Jaylene Karolus in seventh place overall and fourth among underclassmen at 21 minutes 11 seconds.
Over three minutes passed before the next Jayette ran through as Kennedy Tunink (24:56) turned on the jets on the last leg to get by a Creston runner for 45th overall. Molly Lutmer (25:04) wasn’t far behind at 46th overall followed by Hannah Peterson (25:21) in 53rd. Freshman Hailey Peterson (27:12) and senior Montserrat Gonzalez (39:02) were 56th and 69th respectively. All but one time was an improvement on everyone’s first meet pace.
The boys competition was met with an equal battlefield of opponents that shoved top Perry runner, freshman Anthony Chavez (19:22) to 34th overall. Senior Bryan Funez (19:44) trailed only steps behind but was seven places back. The rest of the pack occupied five of the last 10 spots.
Perry’s runners get back to action Thursday, Oct. 10 with a trip to ADM.